We have put together a list of the local support groups & resources we are aware of. Please let us know if you have any to add to the list.
Leighton Buzzard Voluntary Patient Transport (LBVPT)
Leighton Buzzard Voluntary Patient Transport (LBVPT) provides transport for the elderly and vulnerable to and from local hospitals.
The service is available to those who do not qualify for NHS non-emergency transport or are unable to go to hospital appointments by any other means.
LBVPT asks for a donation to cover the cost of providing the service.
HeadsUp is a campaign to help men stay happy. The campaign targets men aged 30-59 in Milton Keynes and Bedfordshire. The campaign is designed to offer men a source of information and guidance about any mental health issues they may be facing, communicated in a style to which they can relate.
Carers in Bedfordshire
Carers in Bedfordshire is a registered charity existing to help family carers and former carers cope with the mental and physical stress arising from their role. We offer assistance such as practical help, advice, training, advocacy, support and information.
The Avenue holds relaxed, informal support groups in Biggleswade, Bedfordshire. Families can come and chat to other families who understand the highs and lows of living with a child with Autism.
The Disability Resource Centre
Advice services for disabled people
Advice Central for Central Bedfordshire
Information and advice for people in Central Bedfordshire. Includes advice on money, benefits, health and care and many others.
Central Bedfordshire Council
Serving residents in Central Bedfordshire (former Mid Beds and South Beds District Council areas)
Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG)
The BCCG are responsible for planning, organising and buying NHS-funded healthcare for the 441,000 people who live in Bedfordshire.
- hospital services
- community health services
- mental health services
MIND – BLMK
Mind BLMK offers a range of services aimed at meeting individual needs and promoting mental health recovery, wellbeing and independence.
Age UK Bedfordshire
Age UK Bedfordshire is a local charity based in Bedford and operating throughout the whole of Bedfordshire and Luton for the benefit of all older people in the County.
We are a local partner of Age UK. Because of this we are able to effectively bring the views and opinions of the older people of Bedfordshire and Luton to the attention of local and national government.
Child Bereavement, Trauma and Emotional Wellbeing Service
Registered charity no: 1117209 Main aim is to support people with different levels of visual impairments in the Bedfordshire county.
SCB is a local, independent charity which aims to enhance the independence and quality of life of blind and partially sighted people, in Bedfordshire and Luton.
Bedfordshire Rural Communities Charity
Bedfordshire Rural Communities Charity (BRCC) is the leading community development agency working across Bedfordshire, with a proven track record built up over 60 years. BRCC also serves as the Rural Community Council (RCC) for Bedfordshire, one of 38 RCCs in England working together under the national umbrella body, ACRE.
Community Dental Services
Our aim is to create a different breed of dental care service; to improve oral health where people are most in need, whilst responding to opportunities to provide new services so that our enterprise continues to thrive.
POhWER is a charity and membership organisation. We provide information, advice, support and advocacy to people who experience disability, vulnerability, distress and social exclusion.
Relate – Bedfordshire and Luton
Relate is the UK’s largest provider of relationship support.
Relate Bedfordshire and Luton is a charity entirely devoted to building stronger relationships.
We can help you, your partner and family with breakups, arguments, affairs, sexual problems, step-families, retirement, new baby… anything that has an effect on your relationships.
St John’s Hospice, Moggerhanger
Sue Ryder St John’s Hospice is situated in the village of Moggerhanger in Bedfordshire. Set in its own grounds and surrounded by farmland, it’s a haven of tranquillity while being accessible from nearby Sandy and Bedford. They care for people who are approaching the end of their lives with progressive illnesses. We have a 15-bed inpatient unit which is open round the clock.
The Tibbs Dementia Foundation
We are a Community Interest Company dedicated to providing a range of accessible services and activities for people living with dementia and their family carers within the local community.
Remap is a national charity that works through local groups of skilled volunteers. They help disabled people achieve independence and a better quality of life by designing and making equipment for their individual needs.
Community Action Bedfordshire
We are a voluntary and community sector support organisation that develops, enables, promotes and supports local voluntary and community action (including volunteering) across Bedfordshire.
Groundwork Luton & Bedfordshire
Groundwork Luton & Bedfordshire delivers evening youth provision across the whole of Central Bedfordshire. We also deliver a busy youth café and youth action programme in Houghton Regis. Groundwork also provides 1 to 1 mentoring to 10 – 18 year olds across the whole of Central Bedfordshire. The mentoring project is for those who have low to medium needs, including issues with attainment, behaviour and attendance at school.
SEND parent, children and young person partnership service
Special educational needs and disability (SEND) parent, children and young person partnership service offers a free confidential support service for parents and carers of children with special educational needs.
Community Voluntary Service Bedfordshire
Community Voluntary Service (CVS) Bedfordshire are a voluntary and community sector support organisation, offering a range of services, enabling local organisations and communities to make a difference. CVS Bedfordshire encourages organisations in the local voluntary, community and social enterprise sector to work together, and in partnership with the public and private sector, to share knowledge and expertise.
CVS Bedfordshire promotes volunteering and matches volunteers with local opportunities.
CVS Bedfordshire provides advice, information, training and facilities to organisations in the local voluntary, community and social enterprise sector.